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New iPhone Features Apple Copied From Android And Others

Apple’s upcoming operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 8, is full of new features.

But many of those features, if not most of them, are copied from Android and other popular apps and services like Dropbox and WhatsApp.

Let’s take a look.

Apple’s Spotlight search now lets you search the internet, too. Google’s Android search feature has been able to do this for a long time.

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Apple’s new iPhone keyboard has a feature called QuickType, which can predict what word you’re likely to type next. Android phones and BlackBerry phones have had this for years.

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Speaking of keyboards, Apple will let you replace the iOS 8 keyboard with a third-party keyboard like Swype. Android has always let you customize your keyboard.

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You can activate Siri in the car without touching your phone. You just say “Hey, Siri.” Google already does that on some Android phones with the command “OK, Google.”

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All your iPhone photos sync to iCloud. Android phones can do that automatically through Google+ photos. And unlike Apple, Google gives you unlimited storage for your photos.

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iOS 8 will let you store widgets in your notification center. Android phones have always had widgets.

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iCloud Drive is an online storage service for Macs, iPhone, iPads, and even Windows PCs. It’s almost identical to Dropbox and Google Drive.

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iMessage will let you send audio and video clips, a feature already found in WhatsApp and Snapchat.

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The App Store will let you watch video demos of apps before you download them. The Google Play store for Android apps has always had video demos.

How Playing Sports Can Make you a Business Success

We often extol the fitness benefits of playing sports when younger, but we tend to focus on the health benefits more than anything else. While staying active by playing sports certainly has a number of health benefits that will help you throughout your life, there are other benefits that sports can have when it comes to doing well in your career.

It has long been thought that playing sports when younger can help lead to business success later in life, and now research suggests that this is often the case. So is it time you started getting involved in sports to give your career a boost?

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Research Shows Sports Matter in the Workplace

Lots of research has come out in recent years regarding the benefits that sporting activity can have for individuals in the workplace. One study was released by the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies and was reported in Fortune, and the research found that sports players often went on to develop better leadership skills, more confidence, and better team-working abilities.

Another report called ‘Making the connection: women, sport and leadership’ was released by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW, and it found that female executives were more likely to have been involved in sports when they were younger.

Breaking the Ice with Sport Instead of Cold Calling

Sporting events are also great places to socialize. They offer business people the potential to meet and liaise with prospective customers. Sports setting are less formal than a business meetings or a cold calls. Companies like jgmproperties.com who specialize in commercial property leases treat their business landlords with sporting ticket events, an excellent way to break the ice and warm up potentially new business. Other companies are known to organize friendly sporting matches between their employees; an innovative meet and greet by any standards.

So How Do Sports Benefit You?

There are so many ways that sports can provide you with essential skills and qualities that can help you in your career.

One of the main skills that sports teaches you is self-discipline. You need dedication and the desire to continually improve if you want to enjoy success, and this helps you to see how hard work pays off—a crucial skill at work.

One thing that employers love to see is their employees always giving their best. If you have played sports, you will know that this is always your goal. Although there will always be someone better than you, you should always try to do your best and continually improve.

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Sport can also help you when it comes to making key decisions, and this can help later in life when it comes to important career.

Sportspeople are often excellent at team building. They know how to leverage everyone’s unique abilities and how respecting other people to get the best performance from them.

You also learn what it means to lose without letting it defeat you. Sportspeople know that they won’t win all the time, and when they lose they learn how to carry on and become better.

In addition, sportspeople may have a better work ethic, better problem-solving abilities, more of a desire to win, better motivational skills, and a competitive spirit that is needed in the workplace.

The Evidence: Athletes Who Are Also Business People

Not every athlete will go on to be successful in business, but there are certainly a large number of athletes who have done very well for themselves after their playing days ended (and some who have become successful business people while still playing). This suggests that the skills they have learnt as athletes could well play a role in some of their business success. A few famous names you may recognize include:

Tony Hawk, who runs is own empire that started with a skateboarding company and as well as a line of very successful video games.

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Venus Williams, who started V Starr Interiors, an interior design company, and became part owner of the Miami Dolphins along with Serena Williams.

George Foreman, who made a fortune with the George Foreman Grill and now has a net worth of over $250 million.

Magic Johnson, one of the greatest basketball player of all time, who runs Magic Johnson Enterprises and has invested in fitness centers and fast food chains among other things.

Get Involved in Sports to Boost Your Career

Being involved in sports activities as a young adult instills a number of important qualities in people. These should not be seen as qualities that are only useful on the basketball court or football pitch, but as qualities that stay with the athletes throughout their lives. It has long been suspected that sporting ability could provide a boost to people in the workplace, but now studies have confirmed the link.

Even if you were not particularly active when younger, there is no time like the present to start getting into sports. You never know, the things you learn while playing sports could well help to give your career a boost.

10 Illuminating Facts About Light and Color

To experience color in all its beauty we need a source of light like a flashlight, your TV screen or the sun. We also need a hard surface for light to bounce off of and someone to see it. Without an observer to acknowledge it, color would not exist. And it’s hard to imagine how we would have survived without it, considering colors help us differentiate, say, blackberries in a thick bush from the bear sleeping in tall grass a couple feet away.

10. The Visible Light Spectrum

lightfacts1Light is basically invisible energy traveling through space. For us to see it, light must go through dense particles of dust, smoke or water vapor in the form of clouds or mist. We can also observe it when it’s hitting something hard like a tree, a hand or the moon and reflects back into our eyes. Other than that it’s as if nothing’s there. Sir Isaac Newton discovered that when allowing a beam of light to travel through a prism it refracts into colors that always go in the same order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Our retinas contain two types of light sensitive cells, rods and cones. The rods are used to detect light intensity and brightness while the cones are responsible for color vision. We have three types of cones capable of recognizing red, green and blue. These are the primary colors, and combining any two will give us the secondary colors of green, cyan and magenta. All these hues in different combinations and intensities give us the many colors that we know and see every day.

Let’s say that the entire electromagnetic spectrum is the distance between New York and L.A., around 2500 miles. With that scale, the visible light spectrum would be about one inch long. That’s how much of the world we’re not seeing!

9. The Need for Darkness

????????????J.W. Goethe observed that by looking through a prism color forms around darker objects against a light background. This coloring always happens as a transition from white to black going through yellow and red, from black to blue violet or from turquoise to white. Overlapping these two boundaries are the secondary colors or inverted spectrum.

Color tends to form as a contrast between light and darkness. On one side we have warm colors such as red and yellow going from white to black, and on the other we have cold colors like blue and violet that go in reverse from black to white.

When you watch a perfect sunset do you notice what array of colors appear on the evening sky? The sun becomes reddish as it nears the horizon, engulfing the landscape in an orange haze, while shadows become longer and longer until they’re one and the same. Due to the angle of the sun, its light has to travel through more of the lower, denser atmosphere. The color red is actually a dimming of bright light traveling through much more stuff.

If we turn around from a sunset we’ll see the Earth’s shadow. The bright blue sky is gradually transforming into darker blue, indigo and violet as it meets the horizon. The more light there is in the air the brighter the blue. What we’re really seeing is the dark and emptiness of the cosmos as different shades of blue through the white light of the sun!

8. Colored Shadows

lightfacts3If we look at a window for a couple of seconds and then close our eyes we’ll see its negative — a light frame with a dark exterior. This experiment can be done with colored objects as well. Each color has a complementary one. Red has cyan, green has magenta and blue has yellow.

If you illuminate a vase with two sources of light a short distance from one another, the vase will have two shadows. If one of those light sources shines a red light the opposite shadow will turn red because red light falls on it, but its own shadow will become cyan. If we could somehow isolate that shadow from its surroundings and look at it on its own we’ll see that it’s actually gray like a shadow should be, but in the context it’s an optical illusion.

7. What Color Do Objects Really Have?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt all depends on light. Colored lights make up the visible spectrum but objects are not made of light. Let’s say you have a green shirt. You go outside and it’s still green. What happens if you go inside a room with red light? What color is it then? Normally red and green combine to create yellow but here we have a red light and a green pigment. Green pigment is made out of blue and yellow dyes which don’t reflect red, so the shirt is black. It’s also black if it’s in complete darkness, along with everything else that has no contact with light.

For another example, what makes a banana look yellow? When white light hits the banana all hues get absorbed except for yellow, which is reflected back into our eyes. In a sense bananas are every color except yellow, because we observe what’s reflected back at us. And what is everything but yellow? Its complementary color, blue! A banana is theoretically blue! We say theoretically because in order to have color we also need to have an observer. Color is not a property of an object; it’s merely an interpretation of the mind based on invisible waves at different frequencies.

6. Pink

lightfacts5If we look at a light color wheel we see both the primary and secondary colors in alternative order. Each secondary color is produced by combining the neighboring primary colors. By combining red and green light we get yellow, green and blue equals cyan and if we combine red and blue we have pink.

Did you ever wonder why there’s no pink in a rainbow? The answer is simple — there’s no pink light! There’s yellow and cyan light, but no pink. That’s because red and blue are at opposite ends of the visible spectrum. By going full circle on this and combining these two colors we actually include the enormity of the entire electromagnetic spectrum into the visible one. Pink basically represents everything in the universe that’s invisible to us.

5. Vantablack

lightfacts6We all know that black makes us look sophisticated and has the added bonus of slimming us down. But have you heard about the new black, Vantablack? It’s like looking into a black hole! As strange as it sounds, it’s almost impossible to see and we can only make it out because of its background. We see its edges but when looking straight at it it’s as if you are looking at nothing. Not black, not something very dark, nothing. It absorbs all but 0.035% of visible light — for comparison, dark coal almost never gets below 0.5%.

Vantablack was recently invented by English scientists and is going to be used in designing stealth aircraft and advanced weaponry. But its main use is in astronomy and space exploration, where sensitive telescopes need a very black surface to be able to detect with great clarity and precision distant stars and galaxies. We can see pictures of this material on the Internet because we’re looking through a light emitting monitor, but the scale of darkness is nowhere near to the kind of utter void that it truly is.

4. It’s My Red, Not Yours!

lightfacts7If you and your friends are watching someone in a red dress, were you aware that they might be seeing something totally different from you?  What you see as red your friends might see as what you know to be blue or green. But all of you have come to know it as red, so you call it red! But how would you know? What questions would you ask your friends to find out if all of you see the same thing? Keep in mind that as you came to know your red, they came to know theirs in exactly the same way!

There are thousands of people who have different types of colorblindness that prevent them from seeing red, green or blue light, and we know that they see things differently from most of us. But what if we all see differently from one another? Ultimately we’re all alone in our minds. We all have our different realities, which may explain why one friend likes the red dress while the other thinks it’s hideous.

3. The Forbidden Colors

lightfacts8By using red, yellow, green and blue in different combinations we can describe all the other colors in the visible spectrum. Purple, for example, can be described as reddish blue, lime as yellowish green, orange as reddish yellow and turquoise as bluish green. But how do you call something reddish green? What’s the name for bluish yellow? Don’t simply mix these two colors together like you’re a four year old scribbling in a coloring book — imagine a color that’s part green and part red, or one that’s both blue and yellow at the same time.

Not having any luck? That’s because those colors don’t theoretically exist, and thus are called forbidden. Everything comes down to how we perceive color. The cones in our eyes detect red, green and blue at different wavelengths. These wavelengths sometimes overlap. When green overlaps with red we usually see it as yellow, but if the frequency is not that of yellow light then it’s either green or red. It can’t, however, be both at the same time. The same principle applies for both blue and yellow colors.

This idea must have bugged Hewitt Crane and Thomas Piantanida, because in 1983 they made the unimaginable possible! By doing a set of experiments they managed to bring to life colors without a name. They created images of red and green (and yellow and blue) stripes next to each other. By making sure that light from each color only activated the same individual cones, over time the colors started blending together to form something never seen before! Even though volunteers were aware they were seeing totally different colors, they found it extremely hard to describe them. They were essentially the first people to witness something new.

2. What Do Animals See?

lightfacts9We’ve all heard that dogs are colorblind and that bats are completely blind, but that’s not entirely true. Bats can see, just not well, while dogs are only colorblind from our perspective.

We have three color receptors, while dogs have only two. They can’t see red. Would a squid that can only see in blue consider a dog colorblind? Snakes can see very little “normal” color but can see in infrared, while bees can see in blue, yellow and ultraviolet.

Remember how infinitesimally small our visible light spectrum is compared to what’s really out there? Just try to imagine a brand new color — it’s impossible. Or imagine trying to explain to someone who’s been blind their whole life what red looks like.  You could say that it makes you feel warm and you associate it with passion, but what would they really understand or imagine red to be? They could know everything there is about light and color and it would still be as a foreign concept to them. There just aren’t words that allow someone to grasp the true meaning of something they haven’t experienced for themselves, which is known as an explanatory gap.

For example, some butterflies have our three color receptors and then an extra two: red, green, blue, ? and ?. We’d say just imagine the possibilities, but the whole point is that you can’t.

1. Light Is Personal

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You’ve probably heard people say things like “Oh, you have a beautiful purple aura!” or “You’re simply glowing!” It turns out there might be some truth to that. Scientists from Kyoto University have discovered that people actually emit visible light, but it’s 1000 times less powerful than what the naked eye can see. They’ve also discovered that we reach maximum “aura” brightness at about 4:00 pm because it’s a byproduct of our metabolism involving free radicals.

The greater the distance between a light source and an observer the dimmer the light is. That’s not because light gets lost on the way or gets absorbed by different objects, but rather because the energy of the light is spread out over a larger area of space. We see the sun equally as bright from all angles because light travels in all directions in equal amounts. Over time and at greater distances light gets more and more spread out until it becomes billions of single photons traveling in all directions.

Ten Facts About Blackpool Illuminations

On 18th September 1879, Blackpool Illuminations were switched on for the first time. Here are ten illuminating facts about them.

Blackpool Tower and LightsFact One

Blackpool Illuminations are 6 miles of electric lights and light displays which run along the promenade of Blackpool in Lancashire, England.

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The first Blackpool Illuminations were in 1879 when 8 large electric arc lights were switched on and lit the promenade. The switching on of them drew thousands of people to Blackpool “to see the lights.”

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In May 1912, Blackpool’s promenade was decorated with 10,000 lights to celebrate the opening of a new part of the promenade. The new part was opened by Princess Louise and the event proved so successful that the lights were switched back on later that year. They returned the following year and have become an annual event ever since. The only years when there haven’t been any illuminations in Blackpool were during the First and Second World Wars. After the Second World War, the illuminations returned to Blackpool in 1949.

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Nowadays, over 1 million light bulbs are used to illuminate Blackpool’s seafront.

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Blackpool Illuminations shine for 66 days every Autumn, with the big switch-on occurring early to mid-September, and the switch-off happening in November. In 2011, they were switched on on 2nd September and will remain lit until 6th November 2011.

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Every year since 1934, a famous person has turned on Blackpool Illuminations. Lord Derby (Edward Stanley) was the first in 1934 and most recently in 2012 the switch-on was done by six of Team GB’s Olympians. Over the decades, the Illuminations have been switched on by the cast members of television programmes such as Coronation Street, Dad’s Army, Doctor Who and The Muppets, comedians such as Ken Dodd, Cannon and Ball, Les Dawson, Alan Carr and Keith Lemon, musicians like George Formby, Lisa Stansfield, Status Quo, the Bee Gees, Westlife, Steps, Blue and Robbie Williams, sportsmen such as Stanley Matthews, Matt Busby, Gordon Banks and Frank Bruno, as well as members of royalty and nobility.

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In September 1977, Blackpool Illuminations were switched on by a horse! This was when Red Rum did the honours. He also opened The Steeplechase roller coaster in Blackpool Pleasure Beach that year. And he also won his third Grand National in April 1977. A busy year for the UK’s best-known racehorse.

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The switching-on of Blackpool Illuminations in 2008 was the topic of an episode of BBC Two’s Top Gear. In it, the programme’s three presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May each had to make it from Switzerland to Blackpool on one tank of fuel in time to turn on the lights. Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond made their destination on time. However, while the two presenters argued over who should turn the lights on, The Stig beat them to it and hit the on switch.

Fact Nine

It takes 22 weeks to put the displays and lights up for Blackpool Illuminations and 14 weeks to take them down. This means that, although they are lit for 2 months a year, they are actually present for pretty much most of the year.

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Another feature of Blackpool Illuminations is Blackpool Tower, which is also lit up for the duration of the festival of lights. In 2007 a laser was installed on Blackpool Tower which could be seen from 30 miles away during the Blackpool Illuminations, much to the annoyance of astronomers.

14 Things You Must Do TODAY to Survive the Coming Economic Collapse

It is always best to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. For the purposes of this article, it is possible that society will not totally collapse even if the dollar does. However, large segments of societies always collapse when an economic collapse happens.  Surviving the worst case scenario is the purpose behind what will be covered here.

1. The Creation of a Pseudo-Identity

It may be necessary to become invisible in the event you think you believe that your name could be on a (Red) list because roundups will usually occur in dire situations. Therefore, the creation of a pseudo-identity could become very important.

2. It Takes Money to Prepare

If you have read the articles at the above links, you should have concluded that it is the height of stupidity to leave your life savings in an institution that is planning to steal from you. You need to divert your cash, other than the ability to pay basic bills, in preparation for what is coming.

preparenow1Getting your money out of the bank has become an art form and you need to be careful. There is a barrier to your ability to procure some of these life-saving and life-extending supplies. Right now, you do not have full access to your money.

As you move to withdraw the bulk of your money, there are three federal banking laws that you should be cognizant of, namely, Cash Transaction Report (CTR), a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) and structuring.

3. Make a List

Buy a good prepper book. Holly Deyo is an excellent source for this information (www.standdeyo.com). In the interim, procure your food, water, guns, ammo and home security adjustments.  If you do not have a big dog, consider obtaining a pair. These animals will be your companion, home security system and ally if someone attempts to breach your home with bad intent. Of course, you will have to store dog food as well.

Sit down and construct a list of what you will need after reading a good prepper book.

Make all of you purchases in cash! You do not want to let the wrong people know what you are up to.

4. Rural Vs. Urban

We have to live our lives for today and it may not be possible to move to a rural area because of your job. However, one survivalist that I was speaking with estimates that the rate of survival for a country in economic chaos would be 10 times higher for rural residents as opposed to urban residents. Consider buying a place in an isolated area and commuting to work in the interim.

5. Pay Off Your Mortgage and Car Loans

If you have a CD, a 401k or any other long-term investment, you might want to consider taking the penalty and executing a withdrawal and apply what’s left of the principal, usually about 50% of the original value, and paying down your major debts.

After an economic collapse, you most likely will not have a job and your retirement and savings will likely be wiped out and confiscated. That is why it would be wise to pay down your debt while you can afford to do so because after the collapse, there will still be foreclosures and repossessions and if you and your family survive, you could be on the street if you cannot pay your bills.

6. Buy Gold and Silver While You Can Afford It

preparenow2Goldman Sachs has been shorting gold. The elite have been hording gold as have the BRICS. These entities are telling you, by action, what medium of exchange is going to be of value following the collapse that is coming.

Storing gold and silver is an economic survival strategy which will pay dividends after the smoke begins to clear in the post-collapse era.

7. Practice Austerity Before Austerity Is Imposed On You

It is critical to immediately eliminate all unnecessary expenses. Give yourself some operating capital. You may be able to purchase a bug-out residence in a rural area. You will certainly be able to afford more survival gear.

In order to increase your immediate cash flow, start an at-home business. Start a business which has virtually no upfront and startup costs.  Even if you are not able to generate much income, you will create a legal tax evasion strategy in which you can legally deduct many of your present activities and expenses (e.g. mileage, the purchase of any office supply, etc.) including survival gear.

8. Create and Store Your Own Food

With regard to storing food, you need to do so immediately. I recommend storing two years worth of food. However, you need to master the art of growing food inside your home. There are plenty of resources which can teach you how to do that. However, you would be wise if you would create a hiding place in which you can store food and water safely in a hidden location.  If you are ever robbed, you will not have exhausted your food supplies.  You are most likely to be robbed by FEMA or one of their mercenary groups (e.g. Academia) during the beginning of the crisis because food and water will be used as weapons to control you. I am personally aware of FEMA going to selected homeowners to catalogue their reserve food and water supplies. Remember, water is sunlight and temperature sensitive. There are plenty of prepper manuals that you can consult for instructions on how to meet these needs. The time to do these things is yesterday.

The biggest threat to survival is death due to dehydration and starving to death.  Contaminated water will also pose a threat. There are plenty of places to purchase large drums and obtain water tablets for water purification purposes.  Obtain a pair of water filters in case you have to go mobile to survive.

Finally, learn to grow your own food within your residence. Your garden will likely be raided by humans and hungry animals alike. There are plenty of prepper manuals which can teach you how to accomplish this task.

9. Personal Supplies

Of course you will need toothpaste, toiletries, eating utensils, feminine hygiene supplies, etc.

10. Horde Medicines and Medical Supplies

 If you or your family has a chronic health condition, it is critical that you have 6 months to a year in medicine. Also, you should research natural alternatives to treatment for health conditions in case you are not able to meet this goal due to the inability to obtain prescriptions. Don’t forget to obtain some pain medication and antibiotics in case of unforeseen emergencies.  Make a trip to Mexico and sneak across medication in old pill bottles in order to escape detection by the Border Patrol who will ask you if you obtained medication in Mexico when you come back across the border.

If you can safely ration your existing medication doses, do so and store the excesses. Make sure you also have a first aid kit. Take a First Aid class including CPR at your local fire station.

Some are thinking that this is a lot of work. My response would be, how bad do you want you and your family to survive?

11. Guns and Ammunition

preparenow3Regardless of your moral convictions, ask yourself if you want your family to survive.

Buy your guns off the books from private parties and at gun shows. “Keep guns for show and guns for go”. In other words, have a safe location that you can bury guns so that when gun confiscation begins, you will not be left totally defenseless.

America needs to not only create safe and secure homes, but to create as many Warsaw ghettos as possible (look it up). We need to make ourselves a hard country to conquer and occupy. We cannot stop a treasonous leader from handing off the country to some foreign entity (e.g. the UN). However, occupation of America should be problematic for the blue-helmet wearing Russians, Chinese and other proxy forces training on our soil to occupy us.

It is recommended that you have 3 types of weapons: (1) pistols for close in fighting; (2) shotguns for defense of the entrance to your home; and, (3) a rifle with a scope in order to fight back against long-range snipers that do not want to storm your home because you appear to be prepared. Immediately, obtain weapons instruction for you and your family, firearms training and then practice!  Conduct mock raids on your residence so that you can see your vulnerabilities. An armed populace makes a people more feared by an abusive government.

Do not forget about gas masks for each member of your family and make sure to store extras. If you have the means to obtain body armor, do so now, because Congress is preparing to outlaw the private use of body armor.

12. Prepare to Survive in the Raw Elements and Build a Way of Life

It is possible that you can learn to survive in the raw elements without heating and central air conditioning. You may not have lights. Obtain flashlights, many batteries and a hand crank radio.

Make sure you have clothes befitting all weather that you may encounter because a crisis that begins in January, may not be over by August.

Take a weekend and pretend the grid is down. This will allow you to see firsthand what supplies you will need. When should you perform this drill? There is no time like the present.

To people with generators, congratulations on your foresight. However, if you are the only house on the block with lights, how long do you think it will be until you have unwanted visitors with bad intent?

Get in shape, begin to walk, jog or run. The better shape you are in, the better.

Don’t forget about procuring non-electronic forms of entertainment. This should include board games and educational materials for your children. You will want to establish some normalcy for the sake of your children. You are preparing to adopt a new way of life. Make the new life worth living.

I would also recommend that every personal library contain The Constitution of the United States. After the chaos subsides, we will need to rebuild. You will not want to live in a “might makes right” society.

13. For Goodness Sake, Do Not Tell Anyone

preparenow4If your four adjacent neighbors broach the topic of preparedness, gauge the situation and then make an informed decision. If your neighbors are on board with preparing, that will help you form a defensive perimeter and a mutual alliance pact. Otherwise, tell nobody of your preparation plans. Do not tell your friends, family members, and co-workers. Make your preparations in cash or cashier’s checks as much as possible. Limit the paper trail to you. You do not want the government to know that you are prepared because you could be the first one on your block that is visited at 3AM. You and your mate should prepare in stealth. Kids talk and so do their friends.

14.  PRAY!

Survival is never guaranteed, salvation is! And do not forget one of your most important resources, your Bible. In a post-collapse America, it is likely that a religion will be forced upon the survivors and that religion will not be Christianity.

Conclusion

In an upside-down world in which the banks legally own your money, getting your money away from these criminal banks has become an art form. I cannot promise you that you will be able to retrieve all of your assets. However, I can promise you that if you do not act, you will lose everything and you will lack needed supplies to weather what is coming.

I would strongly suggest that you keep your gas tank filled and you have plenty of cash, food and ammunition on hand. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Manchester and Hertfordshire Victory in Netball Superleague 2016

Both Manchester and Hertfordshire have got off to a flying start in the Superleague by netting two wins from two games.

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Manchester Thunder enjoyed a resounding 72-52 win over Celtic Dragons, with Helen Housby in fine form and named as player of the match. Manchester proved their mettle with Liana Leota in fine form in attack on her home debut. She linked up well with goal-shooter Helen Housby to put Thunder 40-20 ahead at half time.

Mavericks Win Through

Hertfordshire Mavericks had a narrower victory over Loughborough Lightning with a final score of 48-44. Lightning struggled against the Mavericks’ strong defence but were slightly ahead by 25-22 points at the second break. Either side could have won this tightly fought game, but a few mistakes by Lightning in the dying minutes of the game proved costly.

Hertfordshire claimed another scalp by beating Team Northumbria 62-45 to make it three wins from three.

Team Bath also enjoyed two successive wins when they soared above the Yorkshire Jets with a final score of 58-38. Team Bath punished Yorkshire Jets’ errors to go 10 points in front at half time. Bath kept up the pressure with their goal-shooters proving to be lethal under the posts to put them 20 points in front at the final whistle.

Defending champions Surrey Storm are keen to hold on to their title and enjoyed their first win of the season by beating Northumbria 57-35.

More People Are Trying Netball

Netball in England is enjoying a resurgence, with more games being televised and more people taking up the sport.

More than 60,000 have taken part in Back to Netball sessions since the scheme was launched in 2010. The benefits of being involved in Back To Netball include losing weight, toning muscles and getting cardiovascular exercise, says England Netball. You can find the nearest netball team to you through the England Netball website.

You could also consider setting up a team at work or through a social club you belong to. Taking part in a sport is a great way to make new friends, socialise and keep fit.

As well as taking part in games, there are netball drills you can practise, such as those featured on http://www.sportplan.net/drills/Netball/drills.jsp.

These drills make training sessions more interesting, as you concentrate on different techniques such as passing, shooting or defending.

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How to Be Well Informed About Current Affairs

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Staying current with news and events is a never-ending endeavor. There are always breaking stories and developing events in politics, sports and entertainment that would take monitoring news sites constantly to capture it all. Being well-informed takes periodic monitoring of headlines and a willingness to research on your own when you encounter a story about which you know little.

Instructions

  1. Choose a new organization to follow daily. Pick a newspaper or online news source to skim every day to maintain your awareness of daily headlines.
  2. Change your PC home page to a news site. Choose “Tools” at the top menu of your Internet Explorer page. Choose “Internet Options” and then “General.” Type in the web address of the site you have chosen to make your home page and choose “OK.”
  3. Scan the headlines of the home page twice daily; first, to see the breaking news and biggest stories of the news cycle, and a second time to see how the story has progressed throughout the day.
  4. Subscribe to a news aggregator online. A news aggregator collects news stories from multiple sites and outlets and compiles the headlines and stories into one list. Find an application for your smartphone or tablet to stay current on the go.
  5. Click on links within the story to learn more about the facets of the story you are reading. News websites will often link to related stories or information helpful in understanding the story you are reading.
  6. Peruse social media for mentions of events by your “friends” and other users. Comment to follow the discussion or check back to read the conversation regarding the post.
  7. Discuss the news of the day with colleagues and friends to allow yourself access to a different point of view or ingredients of the story you may not have gathered.

How to Discuss an Unplanned Pregnancy With a Boyfriend

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You’re single and have just discovered you are pregnant. Shocked and scared, you know you must share this fact with your boyfriend, who may or may not be ready for this new and unplanned addition to your relationship. Handling such a delicate matter takes tact, love and open communication.

Instructions

  1. Confirm the pregnancy. Make an appointment with your doctor and get the test results from his office. Home pregnancy tests are fairly accurate, but it is best to be sure before breaking the news to your boyfriend. Find out when you are due and discuss all your options with your doctor.
  2. Practice what you are going to say. Choosing the right words at the right time can make all the difference. Eliminate any negative phrases or wording, such as “bad news” or “you’re going to be mad” from your dialogue. Use pronouns such as “we” and “us” rather than “I” or “me” — to emphasize the fact that you did not get pregnant by yourself and that the decisions pertaining to the situation will be made by both of you.
  3. Choose the right time and location to tell him. Don’t wait until he is ready to dash out the door to work or is in the middle of a major football game on television. Wait until he is calm and relaxed and tell him over a quiet dinner or picnic. If you think he is going to react poorly, it may be best not to break the news in a public location.
  4. Remain calm even if he doesn’t. There are many ways he can respond — he may be happy, upset, excited, worried or totally overwhelmed. Be prepared for a variety of emotions to come through during your discussion. He may be surprised and make unkind and thoughtless comments, such as “Are you sure it is mine?” Be aware you have just blindsided him with this information, and remain calm and focused on the situation at hand.
  5. Give him the facts — how and when it happened, when you are due and what the doctor says about the pregnancy. It is his right as the father to know all the pregnancy details and times and dates of upcoming appointments. Give him the options that your doctor gave you and that are available in your particular situation. Allow him time to think things over and absorb this new and unexpected information.
  6. Make the decision about what to do about the pregnancy as a couple. If you plan on telling your parents, decide to make the announcement to each side of the family together to show your unity and commitment. If terminating the pregnancy or giving the baby up for adoption is the only option, it should be handled with tact and discretion. Keeping the infant will involve huge responsibilities for both parents, and plans should be discussed to help prepare for this new arrival.

How to Get a Job Doing TV News

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The anchors you see reading the nightly news are far from the only professionals on a TV news staff. If you’re interested in working in this field, you might pursue a career as a videographer who shoots the stories, a producer who organizes the flow of the show, a writer who writes the news, a reporter who covers breaking stories, a video editor or even an assignment editor who scouts out the stories worth covering. Whatever specialty you choose, you’ll get your start through a mix of education and experience.

What You’ll Study

  • The first requirement for landing a TV news job is having the right education. You’ll typically need a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a related field, such as English or film. If your college offers courses in broadcasting, or perhaps even a specialty degree in broadcasting, take those courses. More general coursework in the principles of journalism is also a good start. Some aspiring journalists opt to earn a master’s degree in journalism as well, although it’s not generally required for most journalism jobs.

Getting Your Feet Wet

  • As with most professions, you’ll need to start gaining experience as early as possible. If your school has a newspaper, magazine or campus TV program, join it. If not, you can also gain experience by starting your own online blog or podcast or by volunteering at a community radio or TV station. While having TV or video experience is best, having any sort of journalism experience is better than none. After college, get more work experience — and industry connections — through internships or by freelancing for smaller news stations or newspapers.

Demonstrating Your Skills

  • All journalists need to maintain a portfolio that shows the types of work they have done and what they’re capable of doing. If you aspire to be a reporter, anchor, video editor or videographer, that might mean collecting video clips and putting them together on a “reel” — basically a DVD or online video file you can show to prospective employers. For writers or producers, you may need to compile a document that demonstrates your best written work and also produce a video reel. Some journalists opt to create an online portfolio; others use a mix of paper portfolio and online or DVD video clips. When you find a job you want, you’ll provide employers access to the reel and portfolio, as well as a well-written cover letter and resume.

Where to Find Jobs

  • Expect fierce competition even for the jobs at small-market TV stations — as well as relatively low pay. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all professions in the field of journalism are expected to decline between 2012 and 2022. The median wage as of 2012 was $35,870. You’ll likely need to work at a small-town TV station before you can land a job in cities such as New York, Los Angeles or Atlanta. Landing an internship — typically unpaid — at a station where you would like to work can increase your odds of getting a job there, although the competition for internships can also be pretty stiff. You may need to take several internships and be open to part-time or freelance work to get your foot in the door. Also keep in mind that working at a TV station is just one avenue to pursue. Don’t overlook jobs for Web-only publications, prominent blogs with video channels or jobs for private businesses that focus on video, film or even radio production.

Telling Family About Unplanned Pregnancy

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If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may worry about many things, including how you’re going to tell your family. While not all family members may react to the news in a positive way, especially at first, telling your family can help you feel better about not having to make decisions alone and can provide you with a valuable source of support.

Time Frame

  • Some people begin telling family about an unplanned pregnancy as soon as they get a positive home pregnancy test, while others prefer to get a doctor’s confirmation first. When you begin telling your family, keep in mind that holiday gatherings or times of stress are generally not the best time to break the news of an unplanned pregnancy. You should tell family when they have time to sit down and talk with you privately, rather than when they’re just about to head out the door or have just come home from a busy day.

Effects

  • Family members may react in a variety of ways to your unplanned pregnancy. Some may be overjoyed, while others may initially be angry or upset. Like you, your family may have concerns about your ability to carry and care for a child and wonder what you’re going to do. You probably have some idea of how many of your family members will react, while others may surprise you. Some people may not know how to respond or may take their cue from how you feel about the pregnancy. Many family members will change the way they feel over time, as they begin to accept the reality of the pregnancy.

Considerations

  • Before you begin telling your family, try to prepare yourself for their potential reactions. You should also consider how you would like them to react and be able to tell them what you need. If they react with judgment or harsh words, remind them this is a difficult time for you and that you would appreciate their support. If they try to pressure you into making decisions about parenting, adoption or abortion right away, encourage them to let you take your time to make informed choices.

Benefits

  • Although telling your family about an unplanned pregnancy can be difficult, it’s important to let them know so that you don’t have to deal with everything secretly. Even family members who are hesitant about the pregnancy can be a valuable source of support. They can encourage you to seek appropriate health care and professional counseling and may even go with you to your appointments. They can also help guide you as make difficult decisions about the future. If you’re still a teenager or living at home, they may also be willing to provide some level of financial support for your housing, medical care or child care expenses.

Warning

  • Most people with an unplanned pregnancy worry about how their family will react to the news, and in many cases, their reactions may not be as bad as initially feared. However, if you have genuine concerns about your safety or think some of your family members might try to harm you because of an unplanned pregnancy, you should seek a safe place to go first. Pregnancy counselors and crisis centers can often refer clients to a safe place, or you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, linked below, for help.

How to Set Up a CNN News Alert

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How to Set Up a CNN News Alert. CNN is known as one of our central news agencies with the most up-to-date news features going on around the world. You can set up a news alert or RSS feed so that you’ll get CNN’s latest news in your specified fields of interest as it’s breaking.

Instructions

  1. Visit the CNN website for information about the news alerts they offer. Consider the different options for news updates. On the front page of the site, you can choose to make the CNN site your home page, choosing between the local or international edition. You can also customize the home page to show the information you are looking for.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the front page of the CNN site and notice the options associated with news alerts on the left side of the page. They offer RSS feed, emails, CNN mobile alerts, CNN radio and breaking news alerts. Select the one you are most interested in.
  3. Follow the free registration instructions when prompted. This will include country, first name (for personalization purposes), email address, password and zip code. You can then select to receive breaking news alerts and other member updates, if you desire.
  4. Double check that you have received a confirmation email from CNN before assuming your news alerts have been set up. If there is a problem with your news alerts or you wish to cancel at any time, follow the instructions at the bottom of the email for assistance.

How to Contact MSNBC News

Perhaps you have a breaking news tip, an important photograph to share or want to comment on an article or news story on MSNBC, but don’t know whom to contact. Because MSNBC operates both a television news channel and a news website, it can be hard to determine exactly which department would handle your query. Luckily, the 24-hour news service offers a number of ways to contact staffers working on a variety of shows and broadcasts.

Instructions

  1. Get in touch with the author of an article on the MSNBC website by clicking on the name listed on the top of the article. This should take you to an email address, although according to MSNBC, not every writer has an email address.
  2. Send a letter to MSNBC if you can’t find an email address for an MSNBC writer. Letters can be sent to: MSNBC on the Internet, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052. If you are writing about a particular article, be sure to include the URL. (You can find the URL in the web address bar at the top of your Internet browser.)
  3. Click on the “discuss story” button at the bottom of MSNBC.com news articles to add your comments to the comment section. After you click “Discuss,” a box will appear for your comments. When you are finished posting, click the “Post Your Comment” button.
  4. Email the staff at one of the MSNBC news shows by clicking on MSNBC TV from the list of NBC shows on the top of the MSNBC website. Each individual news show is displayed. If you click on the show that interests you, you will usually find an email address for that show in an “About Us” section.
  5. Write to MSNBC TV if you prefer not to email. The MSNBC TV address is: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10112
  6. Dial (212) 664-4444 to speak to someone at MSNBC news if you have important information and can’t wait for a response to an email or letter.

How to Break Bad News

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How to Break Bad News. Breaking bad news to someone is difficult. Having to tell him bad news that is totally unexpected makes the situation even more difficult. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the situation, you should try to make the person you are breaking the bad news to as comfortable as possible.

Instructions

  1. Think about what you will say before you start the conversation. You should think about the exact wording. Make sure that you speak in terms that the person will understand. Remember that if the person is upset, more complex terms will be too difficult to properly comprehend.
  2. Keep in mind that the person you are talking to will likely focus on the first few words. When a person gets bad or upsetting news, he will usually place emphasis on the first few words. Try to get the main point across in the first few words.
  3. Make her as comfortable as possible. Respect her privacy and dignity. Try to find a place that is isolated. Ensure that there are facial tissues handy. This is especially important if the bad news is likely to cause her to cry.
  4. Tell the whole truth. Leaving out minor facts may seem easy. It is very important that you include every bit of information about the situation. It may seem like information overload but, you can always go over the information with him again.
  5. Answer any questions. There may be some questions that she has that you are unable or unprepared to answer. If this happens, be honest. Let her know that you will do what you can to help her find the answers.
  6. Listen sympathetically. It is possible that he will become upset. Sometimes, when a person is upset, he will talk incoherently. Just let him talk and keep a sympathetic expression on your face. Make sure that your attitude and demeanor are sympathetic.
  7. Offer your support. Let her know that you will be there to help her if she needs anything. You should offer specific support when possible. This means that you can offer to pick the kids up from school and take them to get an after school snack so she can have time to regain her composure before she has to deal with the kids.

How to Stop MSNBC Breaking News Emails

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MSNBC.com offers viewers an opportunity to subscribe to breaking news alerts that will be delivered to the subscriber’s inbox. If you’re using Microsoft Outlook and are receiving unwanted MSNBC emails, you may be signed into the website’s RSS feed, which will appear as breaking news emails in your Outlook email account. To get rid of this, you must delete the RSS feed from your Outlook account.

Instructions

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft Outlook account. You will need to enter in your user name and password to get access to the account.
  2. Click on “Tools” and choose the option for “Account Settings.” On the new tab, click on the option for “RSS Feeds.”
  3. Scroll through the various feeds you are subscribed to and locate the feed for MSNBC. Select the MSNBC feed and click the button to “Remove.” The feed will then be deleted from your Outlook account, stopping the emails from entering your inbox.

How to Do a Breaking News Live Shot for TV News

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In the world of social media and the citizen journalist, the person first to report on a story is king. When you’re a reporter covering breaking news, someone may have already tweeted about your story or otherwise published it, so you’ll do well to get your live shot set up and on the air as soon as possible. Use your journalistic training to deliver a story that covers the who, what, when, where, why and how, and make sure to provide strong images from the scene.

Gathering Information

  • The job of gathering information should start before you even arrive on the scene. Talk with your producers and assignment editors at the station to find out all the details they know, and establish a line of communication — such as text messages, for example — with your colleagues who are monitoring the situation via police scanner or helicopter, so you all can share information. Make notes of the five “W’s” of the situation and any questions left unanswered, so you’ll be able to deliver a coherent report as soon as you get on the scene and get set up.

Choosing a Location

  • Choose a location that allows you to tell as much of the story visually as possible. The site should keep you out of danger, while at the same time giving you access to any witnesses who may have been there. If the situation is serious enough, you’ll have multiple “hits” with your live report — time enough to allow you to find witnesses to interview live. Have your photographer take a few shots of the scene right away, and send them back to the studio so you can use them for cutaways. If you’re able, also interview any available witnesses so you’ll have sound bites to use later.

Share Information, Tell What You’re Finding Out

  • In most breaking news situations, you’ll have very little backup video to go on. To give you a chance to review your notes or to gather your thoughts during the live shot, find out whether your producer has prepared any maps or graphics you can use as cutaway shots, and confirm how you’ll call for them. For example, you might say “I want to show you a map of the location” as an indicator that you’re calling for the map to appear on screen. When the producer gives you the cue to go live, listen carefully to what the anchor says, and don’t repeat that information in your intro. Because the shot is live, don’t be afraid to glance at your notes and to share what information you’re still working on finding out, and what viewers might not be able to see on camera. Since there’s very little time to substantiate claims, always attribute any information you’ve been given. Listen for your producer’s “wrap” cue, and then sign off with your name and location.

Implementing Social Media

  • When you arrive, your live shot truck operator is going to need a minute or two to set up the mast and to get things ready for your live shot. During that time you’ll likely be gathering information about the story, but don’t overlook the need to be first — and that can come by publishing something on social media before your live shot. If you arrive on the scene of a fire, snap a few shots with your smartphone as you pull up, or a few seconds of video you can publish to your station’s YouTube channel, suggests journalism professor Simon Perez on the Poynter Institute website. Upload your shots to Twitter, Facebook or YouTube, as well as to your station’s producer, as they could be among the first images on the scene. During your live shot, mention the images and where they’re published. Your producers can use them as a video source for your live shot, and your viewers will also visit your social feeds to see the latest.

How to Break the News of Divorce to a Spouse

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Broaching the subject of divorce with your spouse is much more than just another stressful conversation to get through. The way you do it can have long-term ramifications. Handled poorly, it’s not just an unpleasant scene. It can set the tone for the entire divorce process, making negotiations more about anger, getting even and hurting you back than about wrapping up the details of your marriage and moving on. A misstep can set you up for years of grief, so tread carefully.

Instructions

  1. Drop hints long before you drop the bomb. In an article for the “Huffington Post,” author Susan Pease Gadoua indicates that hitting your spouse out of the blue that you want a divorce can devastate her for years. That’s cruel; so give her some warning that you’re unhappy before you tell her you want out of the marriage.
  2. Tell him before you tell anyone else. Don’t talk about your decision with friends or family before you break the news to your spouse. No matter how well intentioned people are, someone might slip and let the cat out of the bag. Give your spouse the same respect at the end of your marriage that you would have given him at the beginning. Don’t betray him by letting him hear the news from someone else first.
  3. Plan every possible detail of when and where you’re going to have the discussion. You know your spouse better than anyone, and you can probably gauge pretty closely how she’s going to react. If a public place will keep her from screaming, choose a park or a restaurant or bar–just make sure neither of you are drinking too much. If she absolutely hates scenes in public, do it at home. If she’s under a lot of stress at work right now, don’t pile on. Wait a week or two until she’s better able to deal with it.
  4. Avoid casting blame. Don’t tell him about all the things he’s done wrong that led you to this decision. Tell him that you feel you’d be happier if the two of you parted or that you just don’t want to be married anymore. Make it about you, and hold your tongue if he lashes out. You’ve just delivered quite a blow, so expect the worst and weather the storm. Let him vent and try not to fight back.
  5. Tell the truth — but not all of the details. If you’re leaving her because there’s someone else, don’t lie. She’ll find out eventually, and when she does, that will make things worse. But don’t go into all the details about your new relationship, either. That’s just salt on an open wound.

How to Make a Catchy Title for a Newspaper Article

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If you’re learning about the craft of newspaper writing in school, then you might think you’re home free when it comes time to write the title of a piece. But there’s more to headline writing than meets the eye. By all means, strive to write catchy headlines, but make sure you know the basics of effective headline writing first.

Master the Basics

  • Headlines must accurately and succinctly communicate the substance of the article — and in the clearest terms possible. There is no room for double meanings or confusion, or worse, offensive content. Headlines also must perform the powerhouse function of grabbing readers’ attention. Short, lively verbs are the lifeblood of headlines, especially if you’re determined to write a catchy one.

Catch On to Some Headline Tips

  • No one is a born headline writer; it’s a learned art that takes lots of practice. So begin the process by choosing exactly the right verb — you probably will have room for only one — that is as catchy as it is pithy. Then look for an element of humor in the article, which opens up the opportunity for irony, a pun or a play on words. Do so only when appropriate, however, and never at the expense of accuracy or clarity. Cliches are generally frowned on in newspaper writing, but it’s fun to exercise some creative license by taking a well-worn cliché and giving it a new, unexpected ending. In the same vein, look for ways to take a well-known saying or advertising slogan and infuse it with a new twist. Tweak the first draft of the headlines you write and strive to make them better, deleting “deadwood” and clutter while sharpening and enlivening each and every word. With time and practice, you will improve — as long as you never sacrifice accuracy for catchiness.

How to Create a Sports Newspaper Headline

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Sports newspaper headline writing is unique in that no other type of story offers as much room for clever wording. It’s different from other types of news in that you can cover the basic facts while simultaneously being clever, even for a basic, garden-variety game recap. The trick is to strike a balance between being factual but not too cute. Much depends on the nature of the story, but by following a simple formula, sports headline writing is a fun endeavor.

Instructions

  1. Understand the story. Read it in its entirety. Granted, you probably are familiar with the basic gist of it, especially if you are an editor for a small publication where you are both the managing and copy editor. The key is to read what your reporter said about the event, as this is the best way to get an accurate handle on what the best headline will be. You never know what angle she may have taken. For example, you may know that the Reds played the Cardinals, but did you know that the game was saved by an unlikely hero? That would definitely affect your headline.
  2. Know your publication’s specific requirements, as some may be a bit more liberal with what you can say. For example, look at a “New York Times” sports headline versus an ESPN.com headline. The former is dry and to the point no matter how momentous the event, whereas the latter lives and dies by the pun. Once you know what your publisher and supervisors want, you will then be able to better craft a good sports newspaper headline.
  3. Use key words in your sports newspaper headline. Search engine optimization (SEO) styles of writing emphasize this in order to bolster readership, but even traditional print media outlets need to cover as much of the basics as possible in their sports headlines. For example, if a game was won on a miracle play, you want to note the significance in the headline. But simply writing “What a Game! Cubs Win!” won’t do. Instead, opt for “Miracle at Wrigley: Cubs Outlast Cardinals 10-9 in Extra Innings.”
  4. Review the headline after spending a few moments away from it. Ask yourself if you would be enticed and would want to read the story. Remember, in a sense, you are responsible for your reporter’s readership. It’s not fair if he has written a great story only for it to be ignored because of a lackluster headline on your part.
  5. Showcase an angle that readers haven’t thought of yet. Sports fans are an esoteric bunch, and it’s a safe assumption that many already know the results of the events. What feature of the headline will make them want to read more? The trick is to say a lot with a little, a Hemingway-esque touch that will serve you well in terms of writing a good sports newspaper headline.

How to Make Fake CNN Headline News Pages

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CNN Headline News is a 24-hour cable news channel. It is a spinoff channel of CNN. It specializes in providing short bursts of important news in condensed segments. Recently, Headline News has expanded its brand to the Web, and updates frequently to HLN.com. If you want to make your own fake version of an HLN webpage for entertainment purposes, you can do so with a little bit of graphic design knowledge and the right software.

Instructions

  1. Boot up your computer and open your Web browser.
  2. Open Photoshop and create a new document. Make the document 750 px wide by at least 1000 px tall. You can make it taller if you’d like to create a scrolling webpage.
  3. Right-click on the CNN Headline News logo at the top of the HLN webpage and click “Save as.” Drag that file into your Photoshop file, and resize it (using Edit -> Free Transform) until it is the same size as it is on the HLN webpage.
  4. Select the line tool in Photoshop and draw several horizontal lines in your Photoshop file, similar to the banners you see at the top of HLN.com.
  5. Select the paint bucket tool in Photoshop and color the areas between the lines. If you want to make the colors exact, click the color wheel, and hover your mouse over the color you want on the HLN webpage. If you click it, the color wheel in Photoshop should do its best to exactly approximate the particular shade of red, black, or white that you’re attempting to replicate.
  6. Drag and drop whatever photos you’d like for your Headline News page from whatever folder you’ve saved them to into your Photoshop workspace. Make sure to resize them using “Edit -> Free Transform” until you’re satisfied with the results.
  7. Select the text tool in Photoshop, and add text throughout your file. Use white, black, and blue text. All of the text on HLN.com is if the font Helvetica, and some of it is bold. Play around with different sizes and styles until the page looks right.
  8. Select the paintbrush tool, and set the pixel size to 5. Change the color to red, and add several red balls throughout your page in a style similar to the red bullet-points on HLN.com.
  9. Save your file as a TIFF or PDF file when you are finished.

How to Write Catchy Headlines

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A headline can make or break an article. More importantly it can dictate whether the article is read at all. Good headlines stand out, grab the reader’s attention and make him want to read the article, blog, column or whatever piece of writing it is. Bad headlines are hard to get past and leave a potential reader uninspired. It doesn’t matter whether the headline is written before the article or afterward as long as it’s catchy.

Instructions

  1. Grab the readers’ attention. Use adjectives that stir interest or excitement, such as “essential,” “absolute,” “incredible,” “painstaking” or “strange.”
  2. Provide information in the headline. The How-To headline works well for this. The main objective with a headline of this type is to promise the reader the article will be of use.
  3. Capture the readers’ curiosity. Try using a question in the headline. Trigger words such as “why” or “how” can draw interest. A controversial headline also serves this purpose, as well a gossip-type headline. A headline such as “Top Reasons Why Men Cheat” answers a question women are curious about, has a gossip feel to it and offers a hint of controversy.
  4. Command the reader to pay attention to the headline by displaying authority. The traditional newspaper-type headline accomplishes this well. Advice columns also use command headlines effectively. Examples such as “Economy In Recession,” “Earthquake in California,” “Make More Money This Year” and “Improve Your Relationships” are all commanding headlines.
  5. List facts and use numbers. Words such as “lessons,” “ideas,” “secrets” and “facts” fit this sort of headline. Combined with a number, this sort of headline becomes useful; it combines elements of other headline styles by providing information, commanding authority and capturing curiosity.

Types Of Headlines

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Different types of headlines are used in journalism; the specific type used is based on the structure of the news story. Print media is geared toward informing the public on various topics. An important aspect in getting and holding the attention of the public is through the use of attractive headlines, no longer than one, two or in some cases three lines. Headlines should summarize in a few striking words the news story featured under it. The point is to get the attention of the reader and draw him into the story.

Flush Left Headline

  • This is one of the more modern headline forms in use. It consists of two or three lines of headline, each one set flush left to the left side of the space. The design is simple and allows freedom in writing the headline. No rules govern the writing of the flush left headline; however a uniform style for better results is generally adopted. This type of headline is popular because it is easy to write, allows flexibility in unit count and provides a feeling of airiness to the page with the white space.

Banner Headline

  • The journalism industry is highly competitive, and attracting the attention of the readers, viewers or listeners is the most important thing. The audience should have a reason for choosing a particular newspaper, television channel or radio station. Headlines play an important role in attracting attention, especially in print media. Banner headlines are words printed in extra large letters across the top of the front page of the newspaper on extremely important stories; they are not used frequently, but when they are used, they have significant impact.

Inverted Pyramid Headline

  • There are distinct advantages to using the inverted pyramid headline style for news writing. People often are in a rush and seldom have time to read every word of a story. The advantage of the inverted pyramid headline is that it concentrates on presenting pertinent facts first. With inverted pyramid stories, the most important information goes in the first paragraph, and the less important information follows to the very end of the story. The inverted pyramid headline generally consists of three lines — the first runs across the column and the other two lines are shorter than the first line. The headline is created from the informative facts presented at the start of the story, giving the reader the most important points quickly.

Cross-Line Headline

  • The cross-line headline is quite similar to a banner headline. While it is a large headline, it does not span the entire width of the page, but it does run across all the columns of the story it pertains to. The cross-line headline is one of the simplest types of headlines, consisting of a single line and one or most often more columns in width. It can run flush on both sides of the paper or it can have the words centered over the columns. This type of headline is generally used when there is more than one column for a story and to produce a formal look.

How to Make Fake Newspaper Headlines

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Making a believable fake news headline requires Adobe Photoshop or a similar photo editing program and doctoring an existing legitimate image of a newspaper headline. False newspaper headlines and articles have existed as long as news articles have existed. You may want to make a fake article headline as a practical joke. Satirical publications such as “The Onion” exist to publish fictitious newspaper articles for comical purposes. Creating fake newspaper article headlines is a simple way to make people laugh, celebrate an achievement or play a prank.

Instructions

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop. If you don’t own it, you can download a free trial.
  2. Find a quality high-resolution image of a newspaper headline online. Otherwise, scan a copy of a newspaper onto your computer.
  3. Open up the headline image in Photoshop.
  4. Use the “Clone Stamp” tool. This copies an image to another location. Choose your background color to be the same color as the color of the newspaper headline. Copy this color over the existing newspaper headline, thus erasing it.
  5. Create a text box over the place where the headline used to be.
  6. Select a font, size and color for your newspaper headline.
  7. Enter the text of your fake newspaper headline. Center the text.
  8. Save your document.

How to Add News Headline Links to Your Website for Free

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If you are a website owner or webmaster, you can make a site even more appealing to your visitors by adding news headlines to your page. Many news providers offer free widgets, which are small blocks of content that contain the link to a report, the story and sometimes small images. Your viewers can read the information directly on your page, and the information automatically refreshes with new content so it is always updated. Insert the widget of your choice by adding the code to your website.

Instructions

  1. Point your browser to a news source such as The New York Times, CBS News, Reuters, The Washington Post or USA Today (see Resources). Click the link next to the type of headlines, such as Fashion or Sports, you wish to add. Using The New York Times, click the “Get Started” button and create a free account to access the widget builder.
  2. Copy the website code that automatically displays. With CBS News, access the downloaded file to get the code for your widget.
  3. Launch your computer’s text editor program and open a Web page file. Alternately, log in to your website account such as WordPress or Blogger. Place your cursor in the area where you want the widget to appear.
  4. Paste the widget code and save your work. Open your website file in a Web browser to preview it, or use the preview feature (if applicable).

How to Write a Newspaper Headline

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The one thing that can make or break a newspaper article is the headline. A good newspaper headline is concise, informative and, at times, entertaining. When you write a newspaper headline, your goal is to hook the reader into reading the article. Writing a headline for your article is easy, if you follow these steps.

Instructions

  1. Reread your article; identify the underlying theme.
  2. Express the theme in an active voice using as few words as possible. Active verbs lend immediacy to a story. If a reader sees a headline written in a passive voice, he or she might glance right over it.
  3. Keep your headline in present tense.
  4. Keep it simple. A headline is a short, direct sentence without extra adjectives or adverbs.
  5. Provide enough information in the headline to give the casual reader an impression of the entire story.

How to Stop MSNBC Breaking News Emails

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MSNBC.com offers viewers an opportunity to subscribe to breaking news alerts that will be delivered to the subscriber’s inbox. If you’re using Microsoft Outlook and are receiving unwanted MSNBC emails, you may be signed into the website’s RSS feed, which will appear as breaking news emails in your Outlook email account. To get rid of this, you must delete the RSS feed from your Outlook account.

Instructions

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft Outlook account. You will need to enter in your user name and password to get access to the account.
  2. Click on “Tools” and choose the option for “Account Settings.” On the new tab, click on the option for “RSS Feeds.”
  3. Scroll through the various feeds you are subscribed to and locate the feed for MSNBC. Select the MSNBC feed and click the button to “Remove.” The feed will then be deleted from your Outlook account, stopping the emails from entering your inbox.

How to Make a Collage From News Headlines

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Make a large collage of headlines from newspapers and you will create a work of art and also document the times you are living in. Headlines, dramatic or humorous, often catch people’s attention and are riveting to read. Start this creative project by saving headlines in an envelope, and soon enough you will have enough to start a collage. Read on to learn more about how to make a collage from news headlines.

Instructions

  1. Obtain a canvas to start your project. Give it a basic coat of white paint and let it dry for at least one day.
  2. Cut out headlines from newspapers and magazines. Collect enough headlines to fill the size canvas you have picked out. Try to use headlines that are very visually enticing and discuss issues of interest.
  3. Use glue to adhere the headlines to the canvas. You may either line the headlines up in a neat fashion or arrange them in a random order with spaces in between. Be creative, set the mood of the work of art by deciding ahead how you will arrange the headlines on the canvas.
  4. Group similar headlines together or arrange them randomly. Use different size headlines and look for headlines with unusual type faces to add interest to the overall look of the project.
  5. Document the world you are living in by using headlines in art. The work of art will be a statement about today’s world and will only grow more interesting as the years go by. When you have glued enough headlines to the canvas let the glue dry over night. Then cover the entire canvas with shellac and let it dry for several days.

How to Watch MSNBC Live on the Internet

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Keeping up with the news, even when you’re on the go, is relatively easy. Whether you’re at the office without television or traveling, you can tune in as long as you’ve got a high-speed Internet connection. If you have a laptop, computer or portable device with Internet capability, there are a variety of ways you can tune in and watch MSNBC live and absolutely free.

Instructions

  1. Visit the official MSNBC website and click on the MSNBC TV link in the left-hand toolbar. During the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can watch the programming as it airs. During off hours, you can watch repeats of the day’s shows, such as “Morning Joe.”
  2. On other devices, such as a smartphone or iPod Touch, access the live MSNBC feed by visiting the Channel Chooser website.
  3. Click on the MSNBC link in the menu options on the site, and it will open to the live news feed in your browser.

Types of Communication in the 1940s

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The forms of communication in the 1940s were verbal, written and electro-mechanical. In the 21st century, they are verbal, written and electronic. The changes that have occurred in the past 60 years in the types of communication are the result of the technological advances that began with the invention of the transistor at Bell Laboratories in 1947.

Verbal

  • In the 1940s, people spoke face to face. They also received, in groups, communications from teachers, preachers, politicians, sports announcers and salesmen. Often these messages were amplified by loudspeakers. Other communications came through broadcast radio. Two-way radio communications were coming into use for agencies such as police departments as the result of World War II military uses. Large numbers of people, businesses, agencies and institutions were using telephones for increasingly convenient and inexpensive communications.

Written

  • Written letters and cards maintained communications between people separated by the movements caused by World War II and the postwar social and economic changes. U.S. mail was delivered twice a day on weekdays until 1950. Airmail service was available at extra cost as the closest thing to overnight delivery.

    Written wide-distribution communications were conveyed by newspapers, magazines and books. Many people had available morning and evening newspapers published independently and often in fierce competition.

Visual

  • Television broadcasting began on a very limited scale in the 1940s but most visual communication was done through movies. Newsreels and short-subject films communicated news, particularly war news, and instructional information to audiences gathered for entertainment.

    The U.S. Navy used signal lights and semaphore flags for short-range visual communication. Two semaphore flags positioned in various ways indicated letters, numbers and symbols. The signal lights used shutters attached to spotlights to allow the sender to send shorter and longer flashes of light. These were the dots and dashes of the Morse code used by the telegraph system.

Electro-Mechanical

  • In addition to the telephone, the telegraph and the teletype were other types of electro-mechanical communication used in the 1940s. Telegrams sent by individuals, generally on the Western Union system, were charged for by the word and so tended to be used only for the most urgent communications.

    Teletype machines were largely mechanical devices that automated telegraphy. A machine like a typewriter was used to input the communication and on the receiving end it was typically printed out on a paper tape. They were used by newspapers to receive breaking news regarding disasters, wars, and other very time-sensitive communications such as sports and stock-market reports.

Why the Internet Is Important in Business?

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As the 21st century continues, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine how business can be conducted without the Internet. The Internet has transformed many areas of the business arena, and especially communication. By drastically reducing the time required to transmit information over both long and short distances, the Internet has made itself indispensable for commercial endeavors.

Marketing and Advertising

  • The Internet has become an essential marketing and advertising tool for businesses. Some businesses do not exist in bricks-and-mortar form, and therefore the Internet, in the form of a website and online advertising, represents the entire storefront they present to the buying public. Other businesses use Internet advertising to supplement newspaper and radio advertising or in store promotions, especially when targeting younger potential customers.

Image Building

  • Most savvy business owners of both large and small ventures recognize the importance of establishing a Web presence through a website. Along with their own websites, some businesses have attempted to engage themselves in the social networking phenomenon (called Web 2.0), which began to escalate in the late 20th century. By establishing profiles on platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn, businesses attempt to execute “soft” marketing to enhance their image with potential customers or clients as well as the general public.

Communication and Interaction

  • Although telephone communication is far from dead, much business communication takes place through email. Companies use email to communicate with the public and to transmit messages within the company. Additionally, real-time communication such as instant messaging (IM), Internet telephony (through services such as Skype) and even virtual meetings and conferences have become increasingly important in the day-to-day workings of business in the 21st century.

Information Gathering

  • Whether the searches take place on the Web or through specialized databases such as LexisNexis or Hoovers, Internet searching has become an absolutely essential research tool for businesses in nearly every industry. Libraries have been transformed by the Internet explosion, with much of their collections being converted to electronic records, which are made available to patrons through the Internet. In addition to accessing library records online, businesses access breaking news and stock exchange information in real time via the Internet. Businesses also conduct research online.

Remote Services

  • Many companies employ workers, contractors and consultants as telecommuters. Telecommuters can be located locally or very far away from a company’s base of operations. Companies with an international presence use the Internet to facilitate communications between their offices in varied locations.

Transactions

  • Additionally, the Internet has made it easier, faster and less expensive to process payments and other transactions essential to businesses.

What Are Forms of Communication Technology?

Think of communication technology as any computer-based method for sending and receiving information, and you include a wide variety of methods for modern communication in your definition. Communication technology comes in forms that can be broken into separate subforms serving distinct purposes. For example, the Internet, as a whole, is a form of communication technology, while individual social networking websites use technology specifically to facilitate friendly and professional conversation. Several technologies are changing our world and how people interact.

SmartphonesVery different from the brick cell phones of the late 1980s, today’s smartphones are slim, sleek multipurpose devices that allow consumers to communicate and connect from virtually anywhere. Not only can you dial a friend while taking your dog for a walk, you can check your email, read Web pages and post Twitter updates. Although the swankiest phones were once restricted to business professionals, the line between consumer and business phones is blurring, according to TopTenReviews website. With applications that enable instant messaging and gaming with people halfway across the world, smartphones, like the Blackberry, iPhone and Palm, offer numerous ways to communicate. They are quickly making ubiquitous information access a standard expectation.

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Social Networking and Social MediaWebsites and services like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Digg transform mainstream communication, altering traditional message maker and message receiver roles. Joseph Thornley, CEO of marketing and PR firm Thornley Fallis, says that social media allow people to “shift fluidly and flexibly between the role of audience and author.” Social media created a world where people become informal reporters; breaking news often hits a person’s Twitter feed before it hits the press. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, people increasingly go to the Internet to get their news, abandoning traditional newspapers. Even traditional media giants like the New York Times encourage readers to comment on their online articles in an effort to move forward with the times and encourage two-way information exchange.

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VOIPVOIP, or voice over Internet protocol, gives users an alternative to using landlines or cell phones. Popular provider Skype, for example, enables free video calling between computers attached to the Internet. You can also call phones from your computer at very low rates–just $2.99 per month for unlimited calling to Canada or the U.S. as of August 2010. VOIP phones and broadband adapters for regular phones mean you can make calls with a phone-style handset and still use your Internet connection to do it. According to The Geek Stuff, VOIP won’t be as popular as cell phone calling as long as wireless Internet connections are restricted to specific locations. However, as cities create more wireless hot spots and mobile Internet becomes more affordable, VOIP could surge in popularity and encourage people to drop their cell phones.

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What Are the Benefits of Twitter?

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Twitter is a social networking web application that provides users with the ability to share information. Twitter users post status updates, news, jokes, events and other information. Posts are limited to 140 characters and can be sent from and received via text messaging in addition to traditional desktop applications. The brief, “micro-blog” format and ease of mobile posting allows users to post and follow up-to-the-minute news.

Stay Connected

  • Using Twitter to post about daily life allows friends and family members to keep in touch. Many people post on topics such as road trips, raising their children and major life events, allowing those close to them to feel more connected on a daily basis. Clubs and other groups use Twitter to stay connected between face-to-face meetings, allowing them to more frequently discuss common interests and share the latest news. Twitter has often brought people together simply because they live in the same community and use Twitter, building a “neighborly” atmosphere. Local Twitter users who have nothing more in common than simply location will meet in face-to-face meetings called “Tweet-ups.”

Stay Informed

  • Following the local reporters, politicians, businesses and private citizens who post information about the community allows followers to keep in touch with current events. Community posts often include traffic reports, weather, local news, special events, restaurant reviews and other information useful to locals and visitors alike.

    National and world events, from sports and entertainment to major breaking news, draw a lot of attention from Twitter users. Many people at the site of an event may be posting, providing followers with eye witness accounts from a variety of perspectives. Large scale events, from television shows to natural disasters, become the topics of enough posts and discussion to appear as Twitter “Trending Topics,” giving Twitter users an idea of what is current, important and popular.

Promotion and Outreach

  • Individuals, businesses and organizations can use Twitter to promote themselves, drawing attention to events, raising awareness about their products and services and creating “buzz” around their brands. Many businesses have integrated Twitter and other social networking tools into their customer service and support systems.

    Watching for and responding to mentions of their brands, businesses can take a direct hand in managing the buzz around their business. Businesses can reward those who spread a positive message, often with a simple expression of gratitude. Negative coverage can often be circumvented by reaching out to unhappy customers to help resolve their issues.

Research

  • Many Twitter users, even those who tend to read instead of post, have taken advantage of the wide range of businesses, expertise, opinions and knowledge easily accessed via Twitter. By simply searching Twitter posts, it is possible to quickly find informal reviews of a product or service. Often, users will pose a question and quickly have recommendations, ideas and offers of assistance in response. People planning a vacation can get recommendations from the locals on where to eat and what to do. Many businesses have customer service quickly and easily available, providing direct assistance when possible and guiding customers to the appropriate level of help when necessary.

About Isle of Man Bank Accounts

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Anyone seeking to take advantage of the benefits offered by offshore banking accounts may be interested in considering Isle of Man bank accounts. Isle of Man bank accounts offer a safe, private place for depositing funds as well as ease of access.

History

  • The Isle of Man’s history as a financial center dates back to the 1960s, when the island sought to attract businesses by offering lower taxes. However, this led to a large number of wealthy retirees moving to the island in order to benefit from the lower taxes, and consequently a number of banks opened on the island in order to cater to these wealthy customers. Over time, the banks began seeking out expatriate customers and beefing up their investment and trust planning services. By the 1980s, the government of the Isle of Man was actively seeking to attract financial businesses.

Features

  • Today there are more than 50 banks operating on the Isle of Man, offering customers a variety of institutions from which to choose in order to best meet their banking needs. Many of the world’s best known banks operate on the Isle of Man, so those considering opening an Isle of Man bank account can choose a bank with whose name and reputation they are familiar. These banks include Barclays, Merrill Lynch, Lloyd’s and HSBC, to name just a few.

Benefits

  • There are many benefits to Isle of Man bank accounts. The stability of the island’s government helps ensure the safety of funds entrusted to Isle of Man banks. The fact that all offshore banks are regulated and must be licensed by the government also lends stablility. The island is also known for the high degree of privacy given to bank customers, provided there is no criminal activity involved.

Geography

  • Located between Ireland and Scotland in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is roughly 32 miles long by 8 miles wide. Although the British Crown rules the nation and holds the title of Lord of Mann, the Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom, but is a crown dependency. The island has its own government for domestic matters, but relies on the United Kingdom for defense.

Considerations

  • Many of those who choose to take advantage of Isle of Man bank accounts are expatriates and people who spend a significant amount of time traveling who need access to funds while abroad.

How to Watch CNN Live on the Internet

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CNN (Cable News Network) has become a part of American television culture. It was the first network to broadcasting news and news-related programming 24 hours a day, CNN delivers live news to viewers around the world. News junkies can get their CNN fix online, too. By accessing CNN’s website, users can view live video of breaking news stories as they broadcast using CNN’s Live Player tool.

Instructions

  1. Open your browser and navigate to CNN’s homepage (cnn.com).
  2. Click on the “Video” tab.
  3. Click on the link to the current story next to the “Live on CNN.com” option in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Clicking on this option will broadcast any live content CNN is running at the time you access the site.
  4. Click “Launch Live Player” to view CNN broadcasts live online.

How to Contact MSNBC News

Perhaps you have a breaking news tip, an important photograph to share or want to comment on an article or news story on MSNBC, but don’t know whom to contact. Because MSNBC operates both a television news channel and a news website, it can be hard to determine exactly which department would handle your query. Luckily, the 24-hour news service offers a number of ways to contact staffers working on a variety of shows and broadcasts.

Instructions

  1. Get in touch with the author of an article on the MSNBC website by clicking on the name listed on the top of the article. This should take you to an email address, although according to MSNBC, not every writer has an email address.
  2. Send a letter to MSNBC if you can’t find an email address for an MSNBC writer. Letters can be sent to: MSNBC on the Internet, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052. If you are writing about a particular article, be sure to include the URL. (You can find the URL in the web address bar at the top of your Internet browser.)
  3. Click on the “discuss story” button at the bottom of MSNBC.com news articles to add your comments to the comment section. After you click “Discuss,” a box will appear for your comments. When you are finished posting, click the “Post Your Comment” button.
  4. Email the staff at one of the MSNBC news shows by clicking on MSNBC TV from the list of NBC shows on the top of the MSNBC website. Each individual news show is displayed. If you click on the show that interests you, you will usually find an email address for that show in an “About Us” section.
  5. Write to MSNBC TV if you prefer not to email. The MSNBC TV address is: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10112
  6. Dial (212) 664-4444 to speak to someone at MSNBC news if you have important information and can’t wait for a response to an email or letter.

How to Start a News Channel

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Provided you have the capital and media industry connections, you can start your own commercial news channel and broadcast to thousands. However, if you’re just starting out and are on a limited budget, finding other ways to get started in the news broadcast business isn’t that difficult, especially with Internet access and public access channels. Start a news channel and gain the experience and reputation needed to succeed in media.

Instructions

  1. Explore media avenues. Realize that the Internet and blogs dominate news delivery today. Choose your format and think about bringing news to the public via more than one format. Know that cable public access television channels are usually free for participants as long as the required training is completed successfully. Start a news channel at your university, college or high school as another option. Exploit public radio, television and Internet for news coverage, reporting and broadcasting.
  2. Sign up for your own channel with such websites as “channelme.tv” or discover other Internet television (ITV) sites, such as “Operator11” and “ManiaTV,” which offer live television services and live ITV set up. Subscribe to create a television network. Realize that some ITV sites offer user “channels” and other ITV sites offer user “networks.” Follow site directions for setting up your live ITV channel or network once becoming a subscriber.
  3. Develop your own news website, such as an authority site or expert blog to draw in a crowd of news junkies. Write about world events, politics and other news while you direct visitors to your news channel. Start a news channel related to your web site.
  4. Check out your local public access television station. Take the required training to create your own show and start a news channel. Produce your own news show for free until you gain the necessary viewership and experience to grow a commercial news channel. Volunteer at local public radio stations and start a news channel. Take advantage of the free airtime and existing listener base.
  5. Ask appropriate school officials about starting a news channel at local schools, colleges and universities. Keep in mind that you don’t always have to be a student to get a news program started, but it helps. Recruit student volunteers to run the news station.

How to Make a Collage From News Headlines

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Make a large collage of headlines from newspapers and you will create a work of art and also document the times you are living in. Headlines, dramatic or humorous, often catch people’s attention and are riveting to read. Start this creative project by saving headlines in an envelope, and soon enough you will have enough to start a collage. Read on to learn more about how to make a collage from news headlines.

Instructions

  1. Obtain a canvas to start your project. Give it a basic coat of white paint and let it dry for at least one day.
  2. Cut out headlines from newspapers and magazines. Collect enough headlines to fill the size canvas you have picked out. Try to use headlines that are very visually enticing and discuss issues of interest.
  3. Use glue to adhere the headlines to the canvas. You may either line the headlines up in a neat fashion or arrange them in a random order with spaces in between. Be creative, set the mood of the work of art by deciding ahead how you will arrange the headlines on the canvas.
  4. Group similar headlines together or arrange them randomly. Use different size headlines and look for headlines with unusual type faces to add interest to the overall look of the project.
  5. Document the world you are living in by using headlines in art. The work of art will be a statement about today’s world and will only grow more interesting as the years go by. When you have glued enough headlines to the canvas let the glue dry over night. Then cover the entire canvas with shellac and let it dry for several days.

How to Create a Sports Newspaper Headline

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Sports newspaper headline writing is unique in that no other type of story offers as much room for clever wording. It’s different from other types of news in that you can cover the basic facts while simultaneously being clever, even for a basic, garden-variety game recap. The trick is to strike a balance between being factual but not too cute. Much depends on the nature of the story, but by following a simple formula, sports headline writing is a fun endeavor.

Instructions

  1. Understand the story. Read it in its entirety. Granted, you probably are familiar with the basic gist of it, especially if you are an editor for a small publication where you are both the managing and copy editor. The key is to read what your reporter said about the event, as this is the best way to get an accurate handle on what the best headline will be. You never know what angle she may have taken. For example, you may know that the Reds played the Cardinals, but did you know that the game was saved by an unlikely hero? That would definitely affect your headline.
  2. Know your publication’s specific requirements, as some may be a bit more liberal with what you can say. For example, look at a “New York Times” sports headline versus an ESPN.com headline. The former is dry and to the point no matter how momentous the event, whereas the latter lives and dies by the pun. Once you know what your publisher and supervisors want, you will then be able to better craft a good sports newspaper headline.
  3. Use key words in your sports newspaper headline. Search engine optimization (SEO) styles of writing emphasize this in order to bolster readership, but even traditional print media outlets need to cover as much of the basics as possible in their sports headlines. For example, if a game was won on a miracle play, you want to note the significance in the headline. But simply writing “What a Game! Cubs Win!” won’t do. Instead, opt for “Miracle at Wrigley: Cubs Outlast Cardinals 10-9 in Extra Innings.”
  4. Review the headline after spending a few moments away from it. Ask yourself if you would be enticed and would want to read the story. Remember, in a sense, you are responsible for your reporter’s readership. It’s not fair if he has written a great story only for it to be ignored because of a lackluster headline on your part.
  5. Showcase an angle that readers haven’t thought of yet. Sports fans are an esoteric bunch, and it’s a safe assumption that many already know the results of the events. What feature of the headline will make them want to read more? The trick is to say a lot with a little, a Hemingway-esque touch that will serve you well in terms of writing a good sports newspaper headline.

How to Write Sports Feature Stories

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if you work as a full-time newspaper or magazine sportswriter, it is important to make your copy sing. It is equally important if you are a freelancer because you must impress unfamiliar editors. Feature stories are a staple of sports publications. What online and other publication options are available to freelance sportwriters? It’s tough making a career out of freelance sportswriting, so maximizing your skills and your knowledge of the market are crucial.

How to Make Your Sports Feature Sing

  1. Update your resume and identify your best feature work. If you are just getting started, accept the possibility that you might have to write for free for a while until you get established.
  2. Check out the dozens of websites for freelance writers. Scan the listings. Find those seeking freelance sportswriters. Contact a local magazine that concentrates on high school sports or a regional magazine that are looking for features on college or professional athletes. Send them your best material and hope they give you a shot.
  3. Think of a theme for your feature. What is the most interesting or pertinent aspect of your subject’s life or athletic career? Gear your feature toward that.
  4. Write a creative lead. Lure your readers in. Make it humorous or touching, but write a lead that will motivate your readers to read on.
  5. Use only the best quotes. Boring quotes can turn off a reader. Make your subject sound interesting and worth knowing about.
  6. Let your creative juices flow. Write conversationally. Every paragraph should pick up where the previous one ended.
  7. End the feature in a memorable way. Transport the reader back to an important aspect or time in the subject’s life. The last sentence or paragraph should serve as a reminder of the lead or most significant part of the feature.

How to Write Good Sports Journalism

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The world of sports journalism is full of plenty of opportunities if you have a way with words. But covering sports in the journalism profession isn’t necessarily about the sports. It’s about telling a story to the audience through reporting and writing. Great sports journalists know how to lead the audience into wanting more when they write. They tease with a great hook, pulling in the reader.

Instructions

  1. Be prepared when recording facts for your sports story or article. Carry a notebook and pen or an electronic device when interviewing an athlete. This can prevent misquotes from happening and can ensure accuracy.
  2. Figure out what your audience doesn’t already know. This is the reason why people should pick up the newspaper. People rarely care enough to read more about information they already know.
  3. Tease the audience when preparing your sports story or article. You want people to be entranced enough to find out what you have to say. If you watch teasers for sports on television, you can see examples of this during the broadcast. Try not to provide all the information, but just enough that the audience wants to find out more.
  4. Talk with people in charge of photos and ask them to run a picture with your story. It helps to put a face with the name or event you’re covering.
  5. Make sure you record the five W’s in reporting: who, what, when, where and why. You should learn this in journalism classes. It’s best to open with the most vital information.

How to Write a Sports Feature for a Newspaper

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Almost every newspaper in the country has a sports section. A good feature story is one that readers will re-read more than once. Here’s how to achieve that.

Instructions

  1. Come up with a theme. If you are featuring a basketball star, you may want to focus on his drive, in which case most of your questions should be related to this. Then you will get answers that are different from the ones the star normally gives. Instead of asking. “Where did you grow up and what did you do as a kid?”, ask “What was the earliest age when you felt a drive to pursue basketball?” Continue by asking “How did your family respond to your drive?” You will get much better answers when you stay with a theme.
  2. Conduct the actual interview. Be sure to be polite and ask questions in a respectful manner. Remember not to badger the star. You are not there to expose some ugly truth about the sports star. You are there to get a little better insight into how the player thinks and lives his life. Also, don’t make the star wait for you to write every answer down by longhand. Ask permission to use a tape recorder so you can go back over the interview later.
  3. After the interview, open a word processing document on your computer. Start writing immediately after the interview while everything is fresh. If you wait too long to write the feature, it will be out of date and people’s interests will have changed. A feature article should be relevant to the moment.
  4. Edit your article. But first, give yourself a little time away from the computer. When you come back to the article, you will be refreshed and will be able to see mistakes that you wouldn’t have seen if you just edited it right away.
  5. Submit the feature, along with any pictures you were able to get to the publisher of your newspaper. Nowadays, you can email the document and photos straight to your boss. That way he or she can look it over in a matter of minutes and decide if any changes need to be made.

How to Create Your Own Sports Website

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Sports is one of the things that allows diverse groups of people to bond over a common interest. No matter what the sport, there are fans of all walks of life who share a love of that sport. If you’re a sports fan (or fanatic), you can turn your love of sports (or a particular team) into a part-time job if you create your own sports website.

Instructions

  1. Come up with a name for your website. Whatever the subject of the website will be, use that word in the name of your website. Be aware, however, that if your site will be about one particular team or team player, laws prohibit you from using the name of a team or player in the name of your website.
  2. Purchase your domain name, which is the same as the name of your website. This can be done at any domain name seller’s site. The top-rated domain name seller is GoDaddy.com.
  3. Purchase a hosting plan. This is basically Internet rental space, wherein you’ll be paying a hosting provider for the rights to place your website on their servers so that your site will be available to the world.
  4. Build your site. To do this, use a website programming language (html, xml, or xhtml). If you have no knowledge of these languages, use a website building software, such as CoffeeCup.com.
  5. Monetize your site by registering with affiliate networks. There’s a link to a list of dozens of free affiliate networks in the Resources section below.

    By using affiliate networks, you can earn commissions by using unique links that the affiliate networks provide you with. When a person visits your site, clicks on one of those links, and makes a purchase, you will earn commission.

    Depending on the theme of your sports website, you can link to books about sports, sports memorabilia, sports posters, and basketball and football jerseys, among other things.

How to Embed a Sports Ticker

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If you want constant updates on sports news and scores, you can get a sports ticker or “widget” for your website or social network profile. You don’t need to download or buy anything to display sports updates on your Web page. There are websites that will allow you to choose the information you want and give you a code to embed it into the HTML of your Web page for free. This is especially useful if you own a website for sports enthusiasts.

Tickers Using Iframe Codes

  1. Open your HTML editor for the page where you want to add the sports ticker. You can do this on your Myspace profile page by editing your “About me” section, or any other profile editor that allows you to include HTML.
  2. Enter this code into the HTML of your Web page or profile where you want the ticker to appear:

    <iframe src =”http://website.com” height=”44″></iframe>

    This is an “iframe” code, which will allow you to display a different Web page within a small section of another Web page (your page or profile). The height needs to be 44 pixels to fit the ESPN “Bottom Line” ticker.

  3. Copy and paste the URL for the ESPN “Bottom Line” ticker into the iframe code between the quotation marks after “iframe src=”:

    http://espn.go.com/bottomline/espnewsbottomlinebasic.html

    Save the HTML page and view it to see your sports ticker in action.

    For the SportzNetwork.com sports ticker, also using iframe code, copy and paste this code into your HTML:

    <iframe src=”http://www.sportznetwork.com/ticker/ticker.php” name=”ticker” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”no” height = “275px” width = “180px”>

    </iframe>

FeedZilla Sports Widget

  1. Log on to “FeedZilla.com” if you want to add a sports ticker to your website that is specific to your favorite team or sports game. Choose the topic of “Sports” from the topic drop-down menu and pick the sub category that you want (“Basketball-NBA”, for example).
  2. Choose which kind of code to use to embed your sports ticker from the options under “Install this widget to…” If you are not sure which one to choose, click on “HTML”, which is the most basic code. Change the size of your ticker by entering a different size (in pixels) in the height and width boxes. You can also change the colors if you want by clicking on “Advanced customization options”.
  3. Right click on the code at the bottom of the page and select “Copy.” Open the HTML for the page that you want to add the sports ticker and right-click “Paste” where you want it to appear on the page. Save the page.

How to Write a Sports-Related Press Release

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There is always something to celebrate when it comes to sports. Whether it is the local high school getting to the national championship or a someone with all the odds against them beating those odds to compete and be a winner, everyone loves a good sports story. But local newspapers and television news stations may not be aware of the little successes. A press release that notifies journalists about these stories is easy to create.

Instructions

  1. Gather all the pertinent facts about the sports news. This includes the team or individuals involved, the sporting event, the date and why the story is newsworthy.
  2. Turn on your computer and open your word processing program. Create a new document.
  3. Create the header of the press release. Include the team logo centered in the header if this is available. Be sure to start with your contact information aligned on the left margin with each bit of information having its own line: name, phone, email. Write “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE” aligned on the left to draw the readers’ attention to this as being time-sensitive material.
  4. Write the title of the press release, centered with one line skipped between the contact information and the title. Use all capital letters in the title and give the gist of the information in this. Use a subtitle if you need to under the title, capitalizing only the first letter of each word.
  5. Draft your body. There should be three main paragraphs, including the location and date (bolded), and stating the information that will grab an audience about the sports news. For example, you may want to state that the Local Tiny Tots have won the State Little League Championships and the town of Boca is having a parade in their honor.

    In the second paragraph, include background information on the accomplishment. For example, you may want to state how the team got to this level and how far into the season it is. Include quote from key individuals (team captains, coaches or MVP).

    The last paragraph should state the background of the team, including any previous successes, the coach’s bio and team/player profiles.

  6. Write a contact paragraph. This isn’t part of the body of your press release and should be segmented by several spaces and a center marker, such as several pound signs or asterisks. Repeat the contact information, this time in sentence form.
  7. Review your press release for grammatical and spelling errors to create the final copy, and then send it out to local newspapers, television stations and magazines by mail or fax. You can send it out by email, but don’t make this your primary method of distribution, because email is easily overlooked.

How to Start a Sports Website

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If you are passionate about sports, starting a website will help you share that passion with other people around the world. A sports website is a platform for updates on teams, player trades, statistics and scores. It is also a good way for a community of sports fans to interact with each other via comments. In addition, if your sports website generates enough traffic, you can make a little extra money on the side with web advertising.

Instructions

  1. Choose a web hosting company that offers the ability to stream video for websites. There are many hosting companies to choose from (see Resources). Avoid free web hosting companies, as most don’t offer enough storage space for the uploading sports media and will also use your website for their advertisements.
  2. Select a domain name. It’s a good idea to create a domain related to sports and is easy for people to remember. Check to see if the domain name is still available. There will be different top-level domain options to choose from. If you plan to sell products or advertisements on your website, go with .com for commercial. If your website is based on an organization, such as a soccer league, choose .org.
  3. Design your sports website using the built-in design tools offered by your hosting company. Some hosting companies, like GoDaddy, will charge you a small fee to use their site builder, while other hosting companies, like Yahoo! Web Hosting, have free design tools to help create your website with no experience necessary.
  4. Consider buying a professional sports template. This will help make your website stand out, without the worry of website designing. You will, however, still need to publish content, upload media and insert links. Ask your hosting company how to install a website template into the web host so it appears on the Internet when you publish the site.
  5. Create sports-related content. Write biographies of famous players. Upload photos of sports events. Upload audio content of sports experts talking about the latest sports news. Upload video content from YouTube or other video sites on sports- related material to make your site more interesting. Add a poll asking sports fans’ opinions about the latest deal. Install a forum that allows people to have conversations with each other, or a comment box underneath each post so people can comment about the latest news.
  6. Consider adding a sports widget application to your site. A widget is a application that you can put into your blog or web page to allow for new updates, such as real-time scores, directly to your website. Doing this can make your site more attractive, deliver the most recent news, and get your visitors to stay around longer.
  7. Review your website. Check to see if there are any problems that slow down the loading of your website. Make sure your links are placed in the right place, preferably right on top so your visitors know where to navigate when they first visit your website. Check to see if your website browser is compatible—it should look good in Internet Explorer as well as Mozilla Firefox. Select a font that looks professional. Comic Sans or bright green will make the site look amateurish. Proofread any content text for grammar and punctuation errors. Publish your content when you are finished reviewing and ready to make your website available for people to visit.

How to Write a Sports Article

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Sports writing can take the form of a news piece that reports on a recent game or a feature article that profiles a team or player. By appealing to both sports fans and other readers, sports articles capture emotions and action through interviews and descriptions while also presenting objective statistics about the subject. Regardless of the topic, good sports writing combines strong research with vivid detail to bring the personalities and drama of athletics to life.

Craft an Eyecatching Opening

  • Your lead paragraph should grab the audience’s attention and reveal the article’s genre to readers. If you’re writing a feature article about a team or player, you might open with a sentence that reveals something about the subject’s accomplishments or personality. For example, you can give a physical description of the person, use a quote from the coach or player or paint a picture of what it’s like to watch the team play. By contrast, a news article about a sporting event might use the inverted pyramid structure, where the piece opens by telling readers who won the game, then gives highlights and details in subsequent paragraphs.

Find the Story

  • While the majority of your readers probably will be sports fans, a good sports article offers a human interest link that will draw in other readers as well. Look for a narrative that will appeal to readers’ emotions. If the team you’re profiling is experiencing their first season after the loss of a star player, for example, the story might be how they’re forging a new identity for themselves. Similarly, a news article about a game might use vivid detail to describe the most significant moments. Although readers may know key pieces of information, such as who won and why the star player left, clear description and emotion will nonetheless hook readers’ interests.

Use Direct Quotes

  • Some of the most important research you’ll do for your sports article will be the interviews you conduct with the players and coaches. Poignant, well-placed quotes from a variety of sources can create a fuller, richer portrait of the team and illustrate their personalities for readers. To gain specific, detailed responses rather than brief answers, ask your subject questions that begin or end with “why,” such as why the coach called a particular play, or why he believes his team is better than last season. Building trust and rapport with your interview subjects also is vital to gaining honest responses. Try holding the interview in a quiet place where you can have a one-on-one conversation rather than around other players or coaches.

Avoid Cliches

  • Using cliche expressions instead of original, vivid language can drain a powerful sports story of its energy and lose readers’ interests. Rather than resorting to tired expressions like “gave it their all, “blazing speed” and words like “athleticism,” come up with fresh ways to showcase the team’s perseverance and skill. The use of certain verbs also can be cliche in sports writing, such as “slam-dunk” for basketball and “scored” for soccer. Instead of using the action words readers expect, bring new life to your piece by finding verbs that vividly capture the game’s activity.

Give Statistics

  • While audiences read sports articles for the inside story behind a game or the details of a player’s life, they’ll also expect concrete data about their favorite teams’ scores and records. If you’re writing a feature article about a soccer player, for example, you’ll want to present the average number of goals he scores per game, while a recap of a track meet might include the winners as well as their racing times. At the same time, avoid using complex jargon related to a particular sport that might confuse readers who aren’t well-versed in its vocabulary. Be as specific as possible while still making the information accessible to all readers.

How to Make a Sports News Article

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Sports fans have notoriously strong opinions, and many would love to be a sports journalist voicing those opinions. With blogs, anyone can make a sports news article, but writing a good sports article needs to involve a detached calmness and sticking to the facts. A sports article also needs to be fairly short and should either capture the excitement of a sports event or underline a brilliant individual performance or career. The article should also entertain.

Instructions

  1. Think of what sports you both like and are knowledgeable about and decide what sort of article you wish to make. You can write either a general article about a sports personality or focus on a sporting event or a sportsman or sportswoman in the news.
  2. Research your article thoroughly and display your knowledge to enhance any article. If you are writing an article on a recent sporting event, then you can include a brief history of the event, including when it began, which team or person has been the most successful in the event’s history, etc. Show that you have a thorough knowledge throughout your article, without overloading the reader with technical issues. For an article on an individual, then their outstanding achievements should be included, as well as some of the low points of their career.
  3. Write your article in a nonpartisan way. If, in a soccer match, one team has obviously been far superior to its opponent, your article should reflect that, but it should still look for some good aspects of the beaten team’s performance. One or two players might have played well on the beaten side, for instance.
  4. Try and get actual quotes from sports personalities. It might seem that many modern sports stars are inaccessible, because they have an entourage surrounding them. However, check social networking sites like Twitter, and see how many sports personalities engage with the general public rather than only fellow celebrities. Always ask permission for using a quote, if you are going to use any response gained in this way. Quotes are often as important as a report, but they should not be distorted.

How to Write a News Story

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A news story’s purpose is to inform readers about events and facts. News writers must be objective and not include their opinion on the subject matter they are covering. News stories are not essays or creative writing pieces. There are a number of journalistic guidelines to follow when writing a news story.

Instructions

  1. Answer the “Who, What, Where, When, Why and How” questions. Include the details that relate to each of these questions.
  2. Craft short sentences and paragraphs. Limit each paragraph to three sentences or less and use only the most relevant words. Write in the third person.
  3. Accuracy and objectivity are extremely important. Verify your information and write your news story using only the facts presented; this is not an editorial.
  4. Relate the most important facts first. You need to grab and hold the reader’s attention. Reveal the most important information right away. The least-important stuff goes toward the end of a news story.
  5. Talk to relevant people who can contribute to your story. Before you conduct an interview, prepare your questions regarding the subject at hand.
  6. Credit your news sources. When including a direct quote, make sure you correctly cite the person who said it.
  7. Gather as much information as you can. When you write a news story incorporate only what is needed to give the reader a full accounting of the newsworthy subject matter.

How to Contact News Agencies

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News agencies sometimes rely on everyday citizens for news story sources. If you have information about an upcoming event or are a witness to something you feel is newsworthy, you might want to contact news agencies to spread the word. Most news agencies offer a variety of ways to get in touch.

Instructions

  1. Visit the news agency’s website. Most news agencies have a “contact us” section on their website. If the site allows, fill out the online news story submission form. If not, take note of the phone number and/or email address provided for people to submit news stories and tips.

    If you are trying to contact a newspaper or magazine, flip through an issue to look for the news office contact information, which is often in the front or back of the publication.

  2. Send an email to the email address provided for your specific news story. Many agencies, especially larger ones, have several email addresses for different types of stories. Choose the email address that is most appropriate for your story. In your email, add a subject line to spark the interest of the news agency, such as, “News Story Tip: Local Man Goes The Extra Mile,” or something that sparks their interest so they open and read your email. In the email body, describe the event or situation in one or two paragraphs, and provide your name and contact information so a reporter can follow up with you if necessary.
  3. Call the news office using the phone number provided on the agency’s website or in a publication. Ask to be transferred to the appropriate person to report a news story. When you are connected with the right person, tell him a brief overview of your news story, and leave your name and contact information.

    You might not speak to a real person right away, especially at larger agencies. If this is the case, leave a brief but detailed description, along with your name and contact number, on the agency’s voice mail line.

  4. Send a letter to the address listed on the news agency’s website or publication. Keep the letter under a page long. At the top, type your name and contact information, followed by a brief, one-sentence description of the event. Then, detail the event in a few paragraphs, and end the letter with a suggestion to contact you for further details. Sign the letter at the bottom.
  5. Post the news story to your social media accounts. If the news agency has an account on the same social media platform, send it a message or “tag” it in your posting to get its attention.

How to Watch Fox News Live Stream on Your Computer

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You’re at work, yet you want to keep up with the latest goings-on around the world. Stream Fox News live through your computer to view the latest happenings while you’re engaged in your 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. grind.

Instructions

  1. Turn on your computer and open a Web browser. Go to FoxNews.com.
  2. Click the “Watch Fox News.com Live” link on the right-hand side of the Home page.
  3. Download the appropriate plug-in if your computer prompts you to do so.
  4. Minimize the screen, and click and drag the window to adjust the size so it’s in a corner of your screen.
  5. Bookmark the page so you can quickly access it daily.